This whole journey crap needs to stop.
If you carry on playing the game, clearing each tier comes out, guess what, you are doing the exact same journey as TBC. So what if other players can skip tiers, it's what you do that matters.
Anyway, what I find with raiding is, it's boring to watch on video, it's completely different doing it yourself.
Don't get me wrong, TBC was my favourite WoW period, but the game has evolved dramatically for the better and your analogy is terrible.
The problem with diablo 3 is that the game is so friggin unrewarding, I honestly love its gameplay but the loot man, is fucked up.
There was great raiding in WOTLK and Cata, just it was few and far between. The biggest problem was that nearly every raid in BC was fun as hell and challenging(pre nerfs) while only some of the raids in WOTLK and Cata were fun and challenging. Cata in particularly sufferred from not enough content. Wotlk's initial tier of content was designed to be easy and bring in more people to raiding. They followed it up with Ulduar, which was one of the best raids ever on many fronts. The initial tier in Cata was pretty good, though some of the content was pretty lame(ToFW, parts of BWD).
The real test for MOP will be the subsequent patches of content after the first raid tier. Keep up the strong raids and dungeons!
I don't really see what you expect to be different? Raiding is about a group (preferably large group) of people coming together to down a big bad. Personally I find the gear grind/treadmill fun and will so for a while. There's nothing wrong with LFG and LFR. I enjoy doing them on my alts to mess around.
I hate to be "that guy" but I've played since Vanilla and I think the current game is the best it's ever been. Sure Dragon Soul has gotten a bit stale for me but there's so many other things to do than just farm the latest content before MoP. I like where WoW is going AND I like raiding at a "hardcore" level. Crazy right?
IT IS THE SAME GAME MAN! You kinda.. have a twisted perspective
what did you expect? to come and see a different game?! IT'S THE SAME GAME.. what you are witnessing is called "Stat Creep".. nothing changes except the +10 str becomes +100 str is now +1000 str...
fundamentally, what were you really expecting here? the game to change? IT CANNOT BE DONE. THE GAME IS THE SAME.. I honestly do not even know what you expected here
to see what? a different game? it makes no sense whatsoever.. this is an ancient mmo.. it's not a new game
EXPANSIONS ARE NOT A NEW GAME FFS.. what were you expecting??? *facepalm*